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Claire Sweeney puts on a glamorous display in a black PVC midi dress at a musical event

Claire Sweeney puts on a very glamorous display in a black PVC midi dress as she poses up a storm at a musical event

She’s no stranger to putting on a stylish display on many a red carpet.

And Claire Sweeney was at it again on Wednesday as she cut a very glamorous figure while attending the Best of The West End musical event at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The former Brookside actress, 50, dazzled in a black PVC midi dress as she posed up a storm at the glitzy bash celebrating songs from stage and screen.

Looking good: Claire Sweeney cut a very glamorous figure while attending the Best of The West End musical event at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

Claire teamed her figure-hugging number with black and gold YSL heels and stored her essentials in a black quilted handbag.

The actress, who accessorised with diamond and pearl Chanel earrings and a silver cross pendant, wore her blonde tresses in a sleek bob, while she added a sweep of dewy make-up.

Claire was in great spirits as she posed alongside pal Kyle John Craggs, who looked dapper in a brown checked suit.

Her appearance comes after she admitted she had a ‘wobble’ and ‘freaked out’ when she turned 50 on April 17 as she discussed having a ‘really hard time’ over the last year amid lockdown.

So glam: The former Brookside actress, 50, dazzled in a black PVC midi dress as she posed up a storm at the glitzy bash celebrating songs from stage and screen

So glam: The former Brookside actress, 50, dazzled in a black PVC midi dress as she posed up a storm at the glitzy bash celebrating songs from stage and screen

The former Brookside actress who is the mother to son Jaxon, six, said that despite the challenges of the past year, she ‘couldn’t be happier’.

Speaking to OK! magazine from her four-bedroom house in Pimlico, central London, Claire said of turning 50: ‘I have friends saying, ‘Embrace it,’ but I’m having a right old wobble. It suddenly seems old, but I know it’s not because I feel great.’

The Scarborough actress said she is more comfortable with herself now then ever before as she counted her blessings, including her son, in the interview.

Strike a pose: Claire was in great spirits as she posed alongside pal Kyle John Craggs, who looked dapper in a brown checked suit

Strike a pose: Claire was in great spirits as she posed alongside pal Kyle John Craggs, who looked dapper in a brown checked suit

Claire gave birth to her only child in September 2014, whom she shares with her former fiancé Daniel Reilly.

After giving birth in her early 40s, she said she is glad she waited to have a baby later in life so that she could fulfill her goals and tick off most of her career checklist.

However, Claire admitted it hasn’t been plain sailing with her son during the pandemic, especially with homeschooling.

Reflecting on lockdown, she added: ‘Part of me has enjoyed it. There were moments when I struggled, of course, like with homeschooling.’

Tricky times: The star, who is the mother to son Jaxon, six, recently revealed that despite the challenges of the past year, she 'couldn't be happier'

Tricky times: The star, who is the mother to son Jaxon, six, recently revealed that despite the challenges of the past year, she ‘couldn’t be happier’

‘I have so much respect for his teacher. I messaged her one day saying, “I’m crying and he’s crying. We’ve been fighting. What do we do?'”

She added that there were times she and her son ‘locked horns’ and that homeschooling caused ‘too much disruption’.

Aside from her parenting challenges, Claire said that the past year was ‘really hard,’ for those in the TV and entertainment industry due to a lack of work.

According Claire, she has barely worked after her pantomime was cut short due to lockdown. Nevertheless, she is now looking forward to the future after landing a new presenting gig on BBC Radio Merseyside.

She described the new opportunity as a ‘godsend,’ not just financially but also due to the enjoyment it gives her.

Brave face: Claire admitted she had a 'wobble' and 'freaked out' when she turned 50 on April 17 as she discussed having a 'really hard time' over the last year amid lockdown

Brave face: Claire admitted she had a ‘wobble’ and ‘freaked out’ when she turned 50 on April 17 as she discussed having a ‘really hard time’ over the last year amid lockdown

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